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Extended Learning Program (ELP)


Applications for the Extended Learning Program  (ELP) assessments are now open.

Assessments in the 2020-2021 school year are for eligibility in the 2021-2022 school year.

Please see the deadlines below for applying for eligibility for Magnet ELP.

Application Windows

Elementary Magnet ELP application windows:

        Preschool and Kindergarten: September 8, 2020 - February 12, 2021

        Grades 1-5: September 8, 2020 - October 14, 2020

Middle School Magnet and Neighborhood ELP application window:

        Grades 6-7: September 8, 2020 - October 14, 2020

Assessment Windows (subject to change, if district is in remote learning)

Elementary Magnet ELP assessment windows:

        Preschool and Kindergarten: March 8, 2021 - March 26, 2021

        Grades 1-5: November 2, 2020 - November 24, 2020

Middle School Magnet and Neighborhood ELP assessment window:

        Grades 6-7: November 2, 2020 - November 24, 2020


Elementary Magnet Extended Learning Program

Remote Learning Questions and Answers for 2020-2021

How is the district going to ensure that the needs of gifted children will be met despite Covid-19?

Both the Magnet and Neighborhood Extended Learning Program will continue to provide services to students online. Magnet teachers will continue to provide their curriculum to meet the needs of the identified students in that program. Neighborhood ELP services will be provided for students in grades 4, 5, and 6; the Neighborhood ELP teacher for each school will continue to provide program services. 

For families within Magnet ELP, will the online only option be specialized for ELP?

While students are in remote learning, the Magnet ELP program will continue to teach with the depth and complexity that would be found in their classes if they were in person. When we return to a hybrid model, families who choose to continue on in remote learning will not be in a Magnet ELP program.

Will Neighborhood ELP services remain intact and how will those be scheduled with neighborhood teachers?

Students will be able to access Neighborhood ELP services in grades 4-6 through the remote program, and Magnet ELP students who continue in the virtual program may also access the online Neighborhood program.

Salt Lake City School District is pleased to administer the district-wide universal assessment screener in January 2021 for all current SLCSD Preschool (Pre-K4) and Kindergarten classes.

The purpose of this screening is to identify students for potential Magnet Extended Learning Program complete assessment, with possible eligibility and placement in a Magnet ELP classroom.

Parents/Guardians who desire assessment for possible Magnet ELP identification for their Kindergarten or Grade 1 student in 2021-2022 school year need to apply for testing by February 12, 2021.

Three pathways to identification for the Extended Learning Program:

  • Universal Screenings
    • Pre-K4, Kindergarten, grade 4, new-to-district grades 5 and 6 
  • Application/Opt-in
    • Preschool through Grade 7
  • Identification Outreach
    • Kindergarten through Grade 8

Gifted/Talented and High Ability Services

Is your child a rapid learner who put thoughts together quickly?

Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary?

Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. 

The Extended Learning Program provides academic services for identified gifted and high ability students who are found eligible for services through an assessment process.


What is ELP?

Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes.

The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP. Visit us on the ELP website for more information.


The Magnet Extended Learning Program (MELP) is a district administered program in which students are identified by national normed assessment measures. Eligibility is determined at the district level. 

        Elementary Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in a full day program at Emerson (1-6), Hawthorne (K-6), and Whittier (K-6) schools, taught by certified teachers who also have or are receiving a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.
  • Students are found eligible for Magnet ELP through an assessment process.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website. 

       Middle School Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in up to four core subjects at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and West High School. 
  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Magnet ELP through an assessment process.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.


The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and the following middle schools: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.

        Elementary Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in a pull-out program in grades 4-6 in a student’s neighborhood elementary school for up to 3 hours per week.
  • Students are found eligible for Elementary Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process.
  • All students in grades 4 and new-to-district grades 5 and 6 are assessed at their neighborhood school at the beginning of the school year.

       Middle School Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in several core subjects.
  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process. Neighborhood schools that offer NELP are Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, or Northwest.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.



The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


Discovering Through Depth and Complexity

Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:

  • Concrete to abstract
  • Familiar to unfamiliar
  • Known to unknown
  • Literal to symbolized

Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:

  • Varying perspectives
  • Issues, problems, and themes
  • Conceptual learning




Michele Riggs
Michele Riggs Supervisor-Extended Learning

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